I realized yesterday that I never made a follow-up post about the figs.
Well, it’s now or never, I thought: walking through the garden over lunch, I snagged the very last little fig! This variety is called Chicago Hardy. Supposedly it is hardy to zone 5 (i.e., Chicago), but I have been cautious with my plants and have brought them into either the root cellar or the greenhouse during the winter. (Considering the snow and the fact that they’ve just lost all their leaves, it’s time to move them again.) The “trees” are about 2.5′ tall, in big pots. Every year I get more fruit from them. I will bet the harvest was about 4 dozen total this season from the two trees. They’re small, they are tasty, and mostly they’re mine (the child knows where they are and knows what they look like when they’re ripe).
I still don’t have enough to preserve, but…like the cherry tomatoes and sweet carrots, they’re merely a reward for the gardener and all her hard work. Thanks, trees!